Dear City of Maribyrnong and/or VicRoads,
I’m confused. Is this a zebra crossing, or not?
This is the corner of Nicholson and Droop Streets, in Footscray.
It appears the lights were originally a conventional non-zebra crossing when the road was narrowed a few years ago. But with only a single lane of traffic (which very rarely gets a green), and few vehicles actually using it, few pedestrians bothered to press the button and wait.
It’s not helped by the red man being the default. At many locations, this included, making the green default would make more sense.
I think about a year ago they painted zebra crossing lines as well. Now it doesn’t make sense. Are you meant to wait for the green man, or not?
Perhaps they still need the cars coming out of Nicholson Street to wait for a green, but there must be some other combination of markings they could use that isn’t contradictory.
Removing the zebra stripes and making the green man the default, unless a vehicle activates the green light against it, would probably be the logical thing here.
Are there other spots like this with confusing and/or contradictory road markings?